Etched in Cyber-stone: Communication in the Digital Age
In this modern world, our communications are more permanent than ever. Many a litigant has been surprised on the witness stand or in depositions when presented with their own text messages, e-mails, or entries on social media websites. I have found that all advances in technology have some trade-off. While we all enjoy the convenience of modern communication, are words no longer disappear at the other end of the telephone line. Many times, they etched in cyber-stone waiting to be recalled long after our spoken words and feelings have subsided.
If you are a litigant or the criminally accused, do not discuss these matters in writing, whether in text, e-mail, Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin, etc. However, if you are aware of similar writings that will aid in your case, be sure and make your attorney aware of them. You may be surprised at the results.